Lessons Learned from Zooma Florida 2014

A little over a year ago, my 3 girlfriends and I were nervously awaiting the start of the Inagural Zooma Florida 5K. The blustery conditions made the run trying but the entire weekend was fun.  The four of us vowed that this would become a yearly tradition – a girl’s weekend of fun!

Four months ago, I found out that we were expecting our 2nd child. While the fatigue and morning sickness subdued my training for the 2014 Zooma Florida, I was still running 3 times a week and looking forward to getting a new PR in the race.

Then on the day before Thanksgiving I went to the bathroom and saw bright red blood. Soon I was cramping, and I was convinced that I was having a misscarriage.  An emergency trip to the doctor and a quick ultrasound revealed that baby was safe, but I had a small bleed at the sight of the placenta.  Bed rest would be my prescription for the next month.

December came – and with it the news that my bleed was gone and I could resume limited exercise.  My doctor told me that walking, low impact aerobics, and light weights would be fine.  But no running!  And with her words, my thoughts of a PR at Zooma died.

I seriously considered bowing out of the race, using my pregnancy as an excuse not to attend. Because the truth was, a 15 pound first trimester weight gain, had me feeling uncomfortable and unhappy in my body.  However, my girlfriends convinced me to go – reminding me of the fun after party and the trip to the spa that we’d booked. I recultantly agreed to go.

And I am so glad I did.

On Friday night, during the expo, I snapped a “bump pic” in front of the Zooma backdrop.  Everyone stopped to congratulate me on the pregnancy and give me props for doing the race pregnant. Nobody cared that I would be walking, or that I was a good 20 pounds heavier than the year before.

Lesson 1:  Celebrate what you can do instead of focusing on what you can’t do!

Saturday morning came and brought with it bright blue skies, a gentle sea breeze, and lots of excitement as we took our place at the starting line.  I gave my friends hugs and told them to run their best race – and took my spot at the back with the other walkers. Soon the race was underway, I found myself strolling briskly along the shoreline, noticing the foamy waves, the birds flying thru the air, and smiling and waving at the runners going by on the return route.  I felt happy, content – better than I had felt at the 2013 Zooma 5K.

Lesson 2:  Sometimes you have to slow down and appreciate the world around you!

50 minutes and 19 seconds went by and I found myself crossing the finish line, just a few minutes ahead of the first Half-Marathon finisher. Instead of feeling bad that she’d covered nearly 4 times the distance I had, in about the same amount of time, I was clapping and cheering for her as she crossed the finish line.

Lesson 3:  Comparing yourself to others is the thief of joy!  Rejoice with others when they triumph.

My girlfriends and I headed up to the after party, then to our rooms to get ready for our spa day.  As I donned my swimsuit and hit the steam longue, I realized that I wasn’t sucking in my stomach or worrying about the size of my thighs.  I was content in my skin – something that I hadn’t been long before pregnancy.

Lesson 4: My body is amazing – no matter the number on the scale.

I shared with my girlfriends all that I had learned during our Zooma Florida weekend. I told them that I looked forward to next year’s race – partially because I am eager to run again, but moreover because I love everything that this fantastic weekend teaches me each year.



Pregnancy Update – 15 Weeks

Wow, another 2 weeks have gone by.  I totally missed my 14 week update….but things were crazy around here and I just never got around to snapping a bump pic.  Now that I’m 15 weeks, I feel like I have hit the sweet spot of pregnancy. I’m sleeping better, can eat all the foods I love without gagging, and feel a little less weepy.  I think that’s the reason the 2nd trimester is often call the honeymoon trimester.  So on to the update:

Bump Pic

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What’s Happening with Pumpkin

  • Pumpkin measures about 4 inches long, crown to rump, and weighs in at about 2 1/2 ounces (about the size of an apple).
  • He/She’s busy moving amniotic fluid through his/her nose and upper respiratory tract, which helps the primitive air sacs in the lungs begin to develop.
  • Although his/her eyelids are still fused shut, he/she can sense light. If you shine a flashlight at my tummy, for instance, he/she’s likely to move away from the beam.

What’s Happening with Mama?

  • Total weight gain/loss: 15 pounds
  • Maternity clothes?  I am still wearing my pre-pregnancy dresses and leggings. However, I am now exclusively in maternity tops and jeans for after work activities.
  • Workouts:  Walking at least 2 miles a day, Physique 57 and T-25 (low impact modifications) DVD’s.
  • Best moment this week: Walking the ZoomaRun Florida 5K.  It was awesome getting to share the experience with my closest friends and have people tell me that they were blown away that I’d do something like that nearly 4 months pregnant.
  • Food cravings: Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
  • Belly button in or out? In.
  • What I miss:  Nothing. Like I said earlier, I’ve hit the sweet spot of pregnancy. 🙂

Well, that’s the news from our corner of the world. What’s happening with you?

My Theme word for 2014

I’ve always been a resolution kinda of girl. The start of a New Year would spark me to make lists of things I wanted to achieve in the new year. Last year, I blogged about how I had 5 main resolutions and how each month I would translate those resolutions into action steps.

And for a while it worked.

But then life got busy.

And I got complacent, comfortable, content…

So I stopped working on my resolutions.

This year, I am taking a different approach.
Instead of making resolutions, I am choosing an overall theme word for the year. This word will serve as  a guide of my actions/decisions/choices in next 12 months.
My word is


Not exactly warm and fuzzy is it?

Let me explain why I chose this word. As I mentioned earlier, I grew comfortable last year – comfortable with the extra weight I was carrying, comfortable with just doing the bare minimum in workouts, comfortable in making less than healthy food choices, comfortable in having my faith be nothing more than church a few times a week and some mumbled prayers before I went to bed.

And at the end of 2013, what did comfortable get me? 

Not much – extra weight, elevated cholesterol, eating too much fast food, and the feeling that my faith was dying.
So this year, I want to be uncomfortable.

Choosing to workout, rather than veg on the couch will likely make me uncomfortable. But the workout does me worlds of good.

Spending time in the kitchen on the weekends prepping healthy meals is time consuming, and uncomfortable – but SO MUCH better for my health (and my wallet).

Getting up an extra 30 minutes early start my morning with prayer and Bible study – yeah, really uncomfortable.  However, the peace that accompanies is far greater than the comfort of my warm bed.

And those are just a few of the ideas I have.
I’m sure as the year progresses, I will be presented with more opportunities to be uncomfortable and I welcome those.

So there is my word for 2014! Do you have a word for 2014? I would love to hear it!

Weekly Meals and Moves – 1/6 thru 1/12/14

Hi folks!  I still owe you a post about my theme word for 2014 and the things I plan on accomplishing this year.  I realize that we are 5 days into the New Year, but I wanted to take a few extra days to mull over my word – what it means, how I envision it unfolding, and choosing goals based on the S.M.A.R.T. principles.  Hopefully, that post will be up this evening.  In the meantime, I can tell you that I am once again meal planning and mapping out my workouts for the week.  Looking back, I realized that I was most successful when I planned ahead (duh!), so that’s what I am going to be doing. I’ll be sharing my weekly meals and moves on Sunday mornings. Hopefully, it will inspire you to try some new recipes, take on a new workout, or maybe start planning out your own week.

Cooking in Our Kitchen This Week:

  • Lunches – Grilled chicken salad. The hubby and I both take a our lunches to the office. Hubby works as a project manager for a commerical construction company which means he doesn’t always have access to a microwave when lunchtime rolls around. Therefore, we’ve found that salads are one of the easiest salads.  We cook up a bunch of chicken on Sunday afternoon, then pack our salads for the next day each night while preparing dinner.
  • Monday Night Dinner – Turkey Spaghetti (using spaghetti squash in place of noodles.
  • Tuesday Night Dinner – Slow-Cooker BBQ Sandwiches
  • Wednesday Night Dinner – Dinner w/ my in-laws.
  • Thursday Night Dinner – Chicken Stir-Fray
  • Friday Night Dinner – Homemade Pizzas
  • Saturday Night Dinners – Leftovers

Getting My “Sweat” On:

weekly workouts

The majority of my workouts this week will be from the Physique 57 DVDs (review to come in a  few weeks). I have added in a day of walking, and 2 rest days as I find my body needs the extra day due to pregnancy.

So that’s my plan. Over to you guys, what meals are you going to whip up in your kitchens this week?  What’s on your training schedule?

Pregnancy Recap – 13 Weeks

Good morning everyone!  As of yesterday, I am officially 13 weeks pregnant.  This means (according to some sources) I am now in the 2nd trimester of pregnancy.  This trimester is often referred to as the honeymoon phase of pregnnacy – as morning sickness and fatigue tend to lessen, and the pregnancy “glow” appears.

During my first pregnancy, I started taking bump pics and writing weekly up dates at 7 weeks. However, given my scare at 8 weeks, I opted to wait until we were out of the first trimester when the risk of miscarriage significantly decreases.  Now, I promise this space is not going to turn into a pregnancy blog, but I will be sharing weekly updates of how I am feeling, what’s happening with Pumpkin (the baby’s nickname), etc

Bump Pics

13 weeks

What’s Happening with Pumpkin

  • Fingerprints have formed on Peanut’s tiny fingers.
  • The organs and veins can be seen through the still thin skin.
  • Peanut is almost 3 inches long and weighs nearly an ounce

What’s Happening with Mama?

  • Total weight gain/loss: 13 pounds
  • Maternity clothes?  Yes, at least maternity tops.  My bust line is much bigger this pregnancy which means all of my normal tops are too tight. I can still wear my pre-pregnancy jeans, skirts, and a few pairs of dress pants.
  • Workouts:  Lots of walking (aiming for at least 30 minutes a day) and the Physique 57 DVDs!
  • Best moment this week: Hearing the baby’s heartbeat at the doctor! Peanut’s heartbeat was strong, steady, and averaging 150 beats per minute.
  • Food cravings: Cereal and milk – particularly Cap’n Crunch Peanut Butter.  I have been having a small bowl with almond milk as an evening snack.
  • Belly button in or out? In.
  • What I miss: My stamina – everything takes longer now because I seem to tire easily. At least it is a good excuse for taking naps on the weekend.

So that’s what is happening this week.  Now it’s time for a workout, followed by grocery shopping! It’s shaping up to be a busy Saturday in the Lee household.

Your turn – What are you doing on this chilly Saturday?

It’s been awhile

Hello to the one or two of you who may still be reading my ramblings. I know it has been quite sometime since I posted to this blog of mine.  I have to say that I have missed sharing my story and journey with you. But the time away was good for me – it helped me to clarify my voice and vision for this space.

<u>So what’s been happening with me? </u>

Well, first and foremost, I’m pregnant!



Baby #2 is due to arrive on July 11, 2014.  This pregnancy has been ENTIRELY DIFFERENT than my pregnancy with my daughter.  From 6 weeks on, I’ve battled morning sickness.  Then at 8 weeks, I had a threatened miscarriage which was caused by a subchorionic heamtoma.  Following this incident, my doctor but me on a modified bed rest routine.  Basically, I could go to work and then come home and sit on the couch.  For a solid month, I could not exercise at all, pick up anything heavier than a few pounds, do housework, or be on my feet for extended periods of time.  For someone who is naturally active, the month was torture, but I kept telling myself it was for the health and safety of the baby my daughter has nicknamed “Pumpkin”.

The bed rest paid off. At my last check-up, the bleed is nearly resolved. My doctor gave me the green light to start doing walking and light aerobics.  So my exercise routine has changed from running and Crossfit classes, to long walks and Physique 57 DVDs.

On the work front, I am taking on more and more job responsibilities.  This has been challenging, demanding, and rewarding all at the same time.

<u>So What’s Going to Happen with the Blog?</u>

Redefining Kim started out as a blog that was to showcase my journey to finding my healthiest lifestyle. Initially, I shared recipes, workouts, weigh-ins, and my fitness goals.  And while all those things were easy to write about, the blog always felt incomplete.  Then it hit me.  I was using this blog to define myself as a “fitness blogger”  but I’m more than that – I’m a wife, a mother, a working woman, and more.

So I made the decision that Redefining Kim will become the place where I share my life.  Yes, the bulk of my content will still focus on healthy living – as it is my passion.  But I’ll be sharing pregnancy updates, stories about my spunky soon to be 4-year-old daughter, and anything else that tickles my fancy.  I hope that this approach will feel more authenticate to me.

So here’s to a new year,  a new journey, and a revived Redefining Kim.